posted on Feb, 20 2006 @ 08:36 PM
For some reason I thought you would be first to reply.
That's a nicely stocked pantry, Sri Oracle!
My Morman friends think I'm understocked... they keep themselves 12 months out... which would be roughly tripling my stash. Need more glass for
that. I've been considering storing food in 5 gallon "Cornelius Kegs" (soda kegs) because I'm in the process of moving to an "off grid"
location in the Ozarks and could see the need to store larger quantities. They are stainless... I've always been a glass person... but used
"cornies" are about $25 and they pressure seal. You don't know of any down side to storing dried rice and beans in stainless?
I must admit to having prepacked or frozen food as well.
We just eliminated our last prepackaged frozen food from our diets: "Morning Star Farm Veggie Burgers". It turns out they use GMO's... even
they're "organic soy" patties... the soy may be organic... but everything else in the patties is GMO and chem-o-ferted. For what it is worth... 6
years ago I was a fast food junky.
I eat organic when I can (it can be pricey)
Removing meat, packaged food, and "eating out" out from my diet has left plenty of room in my budget for organic food. I get past the "it can be
pricey" feeling by mantra-izing: "Yeah... but it is not REAL", whenever I consider purchasing something I know to be inorganic. As a carpenter I
can say that solid wood cabinets "can be pricey" but at least the illusion does not crumble when they get wet like pressboard cabinets. Same goes
for organic food. I tend to stay healthy while those around me crumble in bad weather.
I pick wild berries and do my own canning
This is something I have yet to get into... but will soon enough. There is a 30 acre field of blackberries that I earned access to last year by
helping clear downed trees. Do you can in glass or metal? I've heard that often times the local "Church of Latter Day Saints" (morman) will allow
non-members to can foods using their canning machines. I also recently became aware of "ball ideal" and "atlas EZ seal" jars... they're the ones
with glass LIDS that are out of production... they trade on ebay for $5-10 each... as much as $30 for 2 gallon. The alchemist in me is always seeking
ways to purify my means of containment.
One of the most recent additions to my diet is Yerba Mate. I am gradually reducing my coffee intake and shifting towards Mate. One of the things I
really like about it... aside from the lack of acid and less 'edgy' caffiene... is the fact that it MUST be shade grown under rainforest. Everytime
I drink a glass I quitely recognize this fact; knowing with each sip I slow rainforest depletion. Thanks and Praises.